Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wow, Just Wow!

Scenes from Above....Stroller
12" x 12", pastel
2018 Britta Herzog Award
Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition

What a wonderful surprise to receive this honor this afternoon! Today was the awards program for the annual Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition. Fifty pieces of art were juried in by judge and juror, Margaret Dyer. So many fabulous pieces of art are on display.

The last award given was a new one to this venue, given in honor of Britta Herzog, a Charter member of the Austin Pastel Society. Britta was a vibrant member of the APS, who lost a tough battle with cancer. The membership wanted to honor her memory with an award for creativity at the show. 

Unfortunately, I had few chances to really get  know this special woman. But I am humbled to be the first recipient of this award in her honor.

The Austin Pastel Society Member Exhibition will be open to the public at the Corridor of Art, 700 Lavaca, Austin through April 30, Monday -.Friday. Hope you can get by to see it if you are in the area.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


6 x 6, pastel

Never before have I seen one of these beauties! During our 20 degree days back in January, he came and sat at the empty feeder that was still hanging. (I know I am bad) Fortunately, I just happened to see him. Brought in the feeder and scrubbed it and another, and made fresh food. For the next 2 days I would change the feeders about every hour and a half because by that time it was starting to freeze. He hung around during the cold snap, left, then returned during the next cold spell. I have some cute pictures of him all puffed up sitting in the lemon very cold!

The Lord sure blessed the world with some beautiful creatures!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


8 x 15, pastel

The latest off the easel! Man, am I ready for some spring weather!!! So tired of this gray, drizzle that it inspired me to paint one of my sweet little fawns from last year. A little wishful thinking on my part.

It will be here sooner than you might think. The does are plumping out with the new crop to come...can't wait. They are just so sweet and cute, even if they do eat the shrubs.

This painting will be hanging in the Gallerie at Gruene. Drop by and check it out in person!

Saturday, February 3, 2018


8" x 8", pastel

I have been working on a large watercolor for a week or two. I had forgotten just how slow I am with the watercolor process. It is taking least it seems that way to me. So, to see if I could even remember how......I decided to paint a sunset in pastel. 

Do not remember when the reference photo was taken, but I love the contrast of dark blue against the orange. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Evening Splendor

Evening Splendor
8 x 8, pastel

My bad......I thought that I had already posted this painting. As it turns out I had not even saved a  photo on my computer!  Painting the grandeur of the sky can be a humbling experience. The majesty of the clouds and lovely colors are exquisite. 

The super, blue, blood moon occurs in the morning. Sure wish I could get myself up in time to see it, but then I would need to drive a ways in order to see it. Love the trees here, but they do hinder the view of beautiful skies.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dusk in the Desert

Dusk in the Desert
9" x 12", pastel

Was trying to get another painting in before Christmas, that wasn't a commissioned piece! I came across this desert photo in my photos. Always a sucker for a sunset, they can be so breath taking.

Hope you have a Blessed New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018


10"x 10", pastel

A surprise Christmas gift for my son. His fiance', yearly, makes a trip to Guatamala with a group of fellow medical staff to give their time/services to treat conditions (birth defects) of children. This year was no different. I could not help myself, I was so touched by the photo of her recovering this child, I had to paint it.  

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Artist of the Year Competition

Excited that I have an opportunity to compete for the New Braunfels Art League Artist of the Year. Eligibility depended upon winning a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award in one of the monthly shows of 2017. Participants are required to display 3 paintings as a body of work to be judged for the honor of Artist of the Year.

I created a new series for the competition entitled Scenes from Above. The painting above is one of my 3 entries and was used on the poster. As you can see, it is a different view point!

Hope you can at least drop by to see the show during the month, if you are unable to be there for the award ceremony!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


10x10, pastel

Pleased that now I can reveal this Christmas commission of Gracy. She was really fun to paint, those sparkling eyes! This was the first painting where I had to paint a tongue head on....somewhat tricky. But as always a great learning experience.

Hope you had a Blessed Christmas and looking forward to a wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset
8"x8", pastel

This was the scene that greeted me a month or so ago while walking my dog. It was just so gorgeous and I did my best to recreate it. There is this thing called, artistic license, and I took liberties to adjust my painting. You see, the entire lower right side of the scene was a paved road. Now that just wasn't very conducive to a lovely painting. I must have done ok because it found a new home today. Being in the Gallerie at Gruene these past months has been a great blessing! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Naughty or Nice.......

Naughty or Nice....
7" x 5", watercolor

Hopefully, everyone I have addresses for have received their Christmas card this year! If not, spoiler alert!!!! Been painting my Christmas cards for a number of years, but this is the second year for a Santa. My husband decided this was the one he preferred and wouldn't you know, his sister said he did indeed looks like a Naughty Santa with my husbands eyes!!!!!  No wonder he liked this pose!

With all the turmoil in the world, I am praying for God's Peace and Love for All!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunset in Lavender

Sunset in Lavender
6" x 8", pastel

There is never a shortage of subject matter when one paints the sky. If it isn't painting worthy, just wait awhile and all that will change. Texas sunsets are often breath taking! So fortunate to live here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oh, Yeah!

Oh, Yeah!
11 x 7, watercolor

Last week I had every intention of trying to paint a painting every day in November as many painters have been doing for several years..... 30 in 30 Painting Challenge.  This was the first painting. This cat was so trying to scratch just that perfect place! Very fortunate to catch him in this perfect post.

Oh, the 30 in 30....isn't going to happen for me. I did paint 3 in 3 the first days of November! The third one is a gift to a special person and will not be revealed till the first of the year. Then, I did not paint again until this morning..... it will be revealed soon! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let Freedom Ring.....

Let Freedom Ring...
7"x 11", watercolor
Matted to 14" x 11"

Couldn't watch the Stros last night, get just too nervous when I want a team to win so badly! So I spent the time painting.

This painting was on my heart. My heart breaks at the lack of respect being shown to our flag, country, servicemen/women by those who take their freedoms for granted. Freedoms that came from others willing to step up and serve this great nation.

The eagle is a resident of Long Lake in Wisconsin. We visited friends there several years ago. Juveniles and this adult eagle were in the very majestic!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spring Duo

Spring Duo
20" x 10", pastel

This duo was one of several mama/baby pairs that graced our backyard this summer. Always enjoy watching the fawns romp and play as they grow. We had fewer fawns this year than in years past and not sure of the reason. Hoping that next spring I will have more subject matter to choose from!

This painting and others are available at the Gallerie at Gruene.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Meet Cowboy

9" x 12", pastel

Isn't that the sweetest face you have ever seen? Commissions are a double edged sword... so appreciative that someone would think I could create a lasting memory, but at the same time wondering if I can really pull it off! When I was approached by Cowboy's loving human to create a  memory of the 'old boy', I was a little concerned until I saw the reference photo. It was awesome! Then my concern was, could I do it justice!

Cowboy was unveiled to his human today and he was very pleased. I was thrilled. I know the pain of losing a loved pet. My heart felt good that I had a part in a lasting memory that they can hang in their home.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Signora Italiana

Signora Italiana
10 x 8, pastel

Presenting the third painting of this favorite subject. As I have told before she was working in Citta Della Pieve during a festival. She had marionettes attached to her knees and feet that she made dance as she played her accordion.....wonderful memories of a fabulous trip.

She was entered in the Artoberfest art show at the New Braunfels Art League and tonight won second place in her catagory! This woman has been very very good to me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Second, no wait, third painting of this perky little painted bunting, but it is the first one in watercolor. If we are lucky, a couple of pairs visit us each spring. This little guy was photographed on the ground, believe it or not. But that just did not lend itself to an interesting painting. Can you believe it, I took artistic license and changed the background. I just may get the hang of this painting thing one of these days!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wurst Tradition

Wurst Tradition
16.5 x 11, pastel

This is a special commission of a milestone in this family, dad's 25th year as an Opa and son's first. You have to be from New Braunfels to fully understand the significance. Wurstfest is a big deal here. It is not just a week of celebrating all things sausage and beer, the association supports the community.

Being the second commission for this family, it was an honor to be asked to complete it. I had my doubts when the idea and photo reference were provided, but the clients, my friends, are pleased. And I am, too!

Saturday, August 26, 2017


12 x 6, pastel

This was a fun painting, my first ever rooster! He lives at a feed store in town. When the decision was made that this would be the subject, his surroundings were my conundrum. Being a prisoner to the photo reference is a habit to lose. His surroundings of feed bags and cement just didn't suit his personality. So the feed bags and cement were left at the store.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today Was a First!

Autumn Repose
8x10, pastel

Today was a first! Received a call while I was working in San Diego on Saturday. The gentleman had seen my paintings at the Bijou Theater in San Antonio during July. He and his wife were interested in 3 of my paintings. I returned home yesterday. Well, today, I had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife and delivering these 3 paintings! Many thanks, Mr. and Mrs. G!

Hill Country Couple
12x12, pastel

Autumn Creek
11x14, pastel

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ewe Looking at Me-----well, she is!!

Ewe Looking at Me
6" x 12", pastel

Love the title of this, couldn't be anything else! This is one of those paintings that seemed to flow, no fighting with the colors, values. Have to admit that is a rare occurrence for me.... I do tend to 'fuss' too much. Took some liberties and excluded a sheep.....just didn't think it contributed one bit to the overall painting. Again another rarity for me...omitting from the original photo. I may just get the hang of this composition/painting thing yet!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Winter Beauty

Winter Beauty
8"x 6", pastel

I have taken numerous photos lately of the many cardinals that live in our trees. Yesterday there were 4 on the feeder with several others in the trees waiting their turns. Those will be painted I am sure, but this guy caught my attention when perusing my photos. Maybe it is the fact that it is so stinking hot here and I was wishing for the cold weather that is depicted in the photo.

This beautiful cardinal was all puffed up trying to get warm. He was just gorgeous sitting in our oak tree.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lily Pond

Lily Pond
6"x 12", pastel

This painting has been sitting around for a long time. It just was not what I wanted. As often is the case the painting sits around until it is ready to tell you what it needs. Happy with it now!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Amarillo byMorning

Amarillo by Morning
16" x 16", pastel

This is way out of my comfort zone, but thought it was a fun and unusual subject. This painting was my entry to the Texas Show at the New Braunfels Art League show. It was a fun to try to recreate the reflections of this beautiful sky upon the surface of the car. I was rewarded with an Honorable Mention for my efforts.